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Saying a Final Goodbye To a Pet (Friend)

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by GGW Laurie, Oct 26, 2009.

    Oct 26, 2009
  1. GGW Laurie

    GGW Laurie Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Self Employed
    Location:
    In the Beautiful South !!
    At 9:45 p.m, we lost our beloved Dixie, a wonderful family member of 13 years, a pet who rode with me to school everyday to drop the girls off and pick them up again.

    I was with Dixie when he took his last breath and held him in my arms, it was like losing someone, not just a pet, but a dear friend.

    We took him, wrapped up in his favorite blanket to his vet who met us after businesss hours and we all said our last goodbyes, they will be picking Dixie up in the morning to be cremated and his ashes given back to us in a small box.

    I never knew how much this would hurt, im a strong person but i guess not strong enough, im hurting so bad......................laurie

    R.I.P Dixie
     
  2. Oct 26, 2009
  3. jas2587

    jas2587 Ueber Meister

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    none
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    FL
    LJ it is very hard to put a beloved pet down as the love us unconditionally (sp) no matter how much we yell at them or shake that newspaper at them we had to put my daughters dog down a few months afo an he was just 7 yrs old but was ate up with cancer it is very very hard
    It is also hard on the dog we still have they was both males an did things that drove me nuts but we still love them Rusty is buried in our backyard the Grandkids made little headstobes for Rusty an 1 day soon they will be doin it for Ace also
    Heart is with you

    hugs
    Cindy:)
     
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  4. Oct 26, 2009
  5. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

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    Commiserations LJ. Losing a beloved furry one can be a lot harder than many people realize.
     
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  6. Oct 26, 2009
  7. RobWin

    RobWin closed account

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    Ahh Laurie, I'm so sorry to hear that Dixie passed away. It is always very hard losing a dearly beloved pet such as he was to you. It will take some time for you to get over, that's for sure. I know when we lost one of ours last year it was very hard for us for several weeks trying to get used to the fact they were no longer around. We had her cremated too and set her pic and collar together to remember her by. :)
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  8. Oct 26, 2009
  9. ksech

    ksech Dormant account

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    Here
    My heart goes out to you. I too lost 2 of my furry children recently. My backyard is beginning to look like a pet cemetery. To most (and this is just an assumption on my part) they are more than just pets. They are family members. You love them, you get angry with them, you confide in them. They love you unconditionally and are some of the best support when things are tough. They are great listeners and won't ever tell you things you don't want to hear. They can be great at cheering you up, giving you comfort when you need it, and have the ability to make you laugh at some of their antics. There is no greater gift we can give ourselves than a furry friend. This is what makes it so difficult when their end is near.

    A poem for you, one of my favorites...

    A Dog's Prayer
    Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

    Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

    Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

    When it is cold and wet, please take me inside... for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements... and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth... though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land... for you are my god... and I am your devoted worshiper.

    Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

    And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

    --Beth Norman Harris
     
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  10. Oct 26, 2009
  11. BingoT

    BingoT Nurses love to give shots

    Occupation:
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    Location:
    Hartford,Ct
    Laurie I'm so sorry to hear that Dixie passed away.
    Our pets are our children.
    We had a friend of ours just lost a great friend after 14 years this past Thurs.
    R.I.P Dixie
    B-T
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  12. Oct 26, 2009
  13. missmichelle

    missmichelle Meister Member

    Occupation:
    homemaker
    Location:
    Tucson AZ
    Laurie,

    My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. Hang in there.

    Michelle
     
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  14. Oct 26, 2009
  15. silcnlayc

    silcnlayc Just one more spin pleez! CAG MM PABnonaccred PABaccred

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    Location:
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    I too am sorry for your loss. I will say though, that you really haven't lost your friend, since you will be seeing them around the house for a long time after, as we did our Prissy after we lost her after 18 years.

    To this day I see her peeking around corners and such from the corner of my eye. My hearfelt sympathy goes out to you, but be on the lookout for those small tells your Dixie is going to leave you to get your attention.

    .
     
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  16. Oct 26, 2009
  17. oldtrvlagt

    oldtrvlagt Dormant account

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    Location:
    Iowa
    Laurie....I am so sorry..I have been through this more times than I care to remember. They are our friends, "children", we take care of them and they us. They are devoted and don't care what we look like in the morning....they ask for so little. Dixie will always be a part of you....it takes time...take care.

    Karen
     
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  18. Oct 26, 2009
  19. lots0

    lots0 Banned User - troll posts - flaming

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    My heart goes out to you.

    I lost my little guy several months ago, his death left a huge hole in my life.

    But life does go on.

    We got a new 8 week old puppy a few days ago... He is so cute... Ahh it starts all over again...
     
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  20. Oct 26, 2009
  21. jod5413

    jod5413 Is That Better?

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    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, Laurie. It is always terrible to lose a pet that you have loved and cared for.

    I always thought it would get easier as I got older, but no, it seems to take a bigger piece out of you when you lose them.

    Over time, the sorrow fades some and the happier memories take over.

    Take Care, Laurie.
     
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  22. Oct 27, 2009
  23. vegetagirl2008

    vegetagirl2008 Mafia Wars Level 472

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    Laurie,

    I am sorry for your loss and I know how it is to lose your best friend. Dixie will always be with you:)
     
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  24. Oct 27, 2009
  25. GemG7

    GemG7 Dormant account

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    Laurie,

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Dogs are such wonderful family members and I know the pain you are feeling right now. In time the pain will ease, and you will be left with happy memories of Dixie.
     
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  26. Oct 27, 2009
  27. mmek

    mmek Dormant account

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    i know what you are going through the same thing happened with mine 14 years and i held him till it was over too it's been 2 years and i still miss him and can't not bring myself to get another it is too hard to go through that again i am sorry for you loss take care
     
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  28. Oct 27, 2009
  29. classymom

    classymom Registered

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    I'm so sorry Laurie - losing a pet can be so hard. My thoughts are with you.
     
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  30. Oct 28, 2009
  31. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

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    ahhh Laurie...I must be a big softie cause I got the sniffles reading your post. :rolleyes:

    I know exactly what you're feeling, I lost my best friend a few years ago and I still miss him even though I have a new best friend now. It's bloody hard. Hang in there. ((hug))
     
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  32. Oct 28, 2009
  33. Balky

    Balky Senior Member

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    Dear Laurie, I am very sorry and know how you feel. A few years ago we had to take our dog, a german boxer, to the vet and have him put to sleep, after they found he had a brain tumor. When a beloved pet is dead, there are still nice and memories left.

    Balky
     
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  34. Oct 29, 2009
  35. just play

    just play closed account

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    What a cutie.

    I'm sorry for your loss. I am dreading the day when I have to go through what you have gone through.

    I like that you are going to have Dixie forever with his ashes.
     
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  36. Oct 29, 2009
  37. GGW Laurie

    GGW Laurie Dormant account

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    Thank You

    I wanted to say thank you for those nice and healing words from my fellow meister members, i just picked up Dixie's ashes and i felt like its brought me to having some closure.

    They gave me a certificate with a beautiful poem and i wanted to share it with those of you who have lost a dear friend in the past, i found peace when i read it.

    Thanks again guys for being there, you will never know how much your kind words meant to me:)................laurie



    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

    Author unknown...
     
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  38. Oct 30, 2009
  39. juleslaverne

    juleslaverne Dormant account

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    Arvada, CO
    Precious Pets!

    My heart goes out to you! It is hard to say goodbye. I have had dogs and cats for over 20 years. . . . . . They all came to me, I didn't have to go looking . . . . . . my Husband says there is a giant neon sign above our home . . . stating: if you need a home, this is it!
    Losing a pet is so difficult, but, I have been fortunate to have had the pleasure (and, Treasure) of many long walks, many fireside chats and more cuddles that I can count . . . . . and that makes for many precious memories!

    Take good care . . . . . keep a quiet smile inside . . . . you are not alone!

    Fond Regards,

    Julia
     
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